2017 was a year of amazing music! These are WSOE’s choices for the best albums of the year! Listen to our “Best of 2017” playlist on Spotify.
New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding’s sophomore album “Party” is a sprawling mix of styles, emotions, and intricacies that come together to form a devastating and electric record. The hushed danceable “Blend,” opens the album. Harding’s whispered delivery draws you in, and the bouncing fingerpicking acoustics fit atop the drum machine perfectly creating an unexpected dance-folk track that is as gothic as it is groovy. “Imagining My Man” immediately follows and is a treading piano ballad about the difficulties of opening up to love. While it showcases Harding’s delicate vocal stylings again, there are moments where she painfully cries out lines like “I do not have the answer” that knock the wind out of me every time without fail.
Interview with lead singer Frankie Cosmos, guitarist Greta Kline, and keyboardist Lauren Martin at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC on 9/24
Hopscotch Music Festival brings the best in indie, hip-hop, electronic, folk and more to the city of Raleigh each year. Find out who we think you should see this time around and listen to our playlist which features all of these artists and more! You can buy tickets for the festival here.